Entering Farmer 20139
I'm seeking to own a farm and raise livestock within three years. I grew up intermittently on a family farm in the Columbia River Gorge, spent several seasons doing trail work, and was active duty Army in an Infantry unit for four years. I do have experience with raising cattle and have an interest in raising pastured pigs.
I love being outdoors in the real world, and I am losing the best part of my skills as a human being while I sit in an office. I hope to make a contribution to the land in Pennsylvania and honor the culture that has existed for so long.
I'm looking to own a business either way within the next couple years, and the prospect of owning a business in Philadelphia seems overly frustrating. I currently work for the federal government in a regulatory capacity related to waterways and feel that this gives me an edge in planning the features of any farm I may be able to contribute to. I have extensive and well-mastered skills related to drainage management, trail building, road/turnpike building, and forestry skills with heavy equipment and chainsaws--this is a skillset I actually enjoy and its simply dying on the vine while I work in an office.
I'm seeking more fulfillment and contact with real life that working on and owning a farm will afford.
I am willing to work temporarily on a farm with the right situation. While I'm willing to work on a conventionally farmed operation, when I farm for myself I will aim to farm using permaculture, organic, and holistic farming methods.
Goal is to lease farm land or lease to own. Looking for 5-100 acres - open to any size operation.
Housing needs: Would prefer to live near or on a farm but am willing to seek housing off the farm if housing is not available.